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The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (The Wilder House Series in Politics, History, and Culture) [Paperback]

By Stathis N. Kalyvas (Author)
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Although dominant in West European politics for more than a century, Christian Democratic parties remain largely unexplored and little understood. An investigation of how political identities and parties form, this book considers the origins of Christian Democratic "confessional" parties within the political context of Western Europe. Examining five countries where a successful confessional party emerged (Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Italy) and one where it did not (France), Stathis N. Kalyvas addresses perplexing questions raised by the Christian Democratic phenomenon. How can we reconcile the religious roots of these parties with their tremendous success and resilience in secular and democratic Western Europe? Why have these parties discarded their initial principles and objectives to become secular forces governing secular societies? The author's answers reveal the way in which social and political actors make decisions based on self-interest under conditions that constrain their choices and the information they rely on often with unintended but irrevocable consequences.Kalyvas also lays a foundation for a theory of the Christian Democratic phenomenon which would specify the conditions under which confessional parties succeed and would determine the impact of such parties, and the way they are formed, on politics and society. Drawing from political science, sociology, and history, his analysis goes beyond Christian Democracy to address issues related to the methodology of political science, the theory of party formation, the political development of Europe, the relationship between religion and politics, the construction of collective political identities, and the role of agency and contingency in politics."

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Studio: Cornell University Press
Pages   344
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 8, 1996
Publisher   Cornell University Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0801483204  
ISBN13  9780801483202  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale, where he directs the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He has taught at the University of Chicago, New York University, and Ohio State University, and has been a visiting professor at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. He is the author of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (1996) which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in politics and history. He has also received the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics, and has been a grant recipient of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute.

Stathis N. Kalyvas was born in 1964 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Yale University Connecticut Wolfers Professor of Political Science and.

Stathis N. Kalyvas has published or released items in the following series...
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2Books > Subjects > History > Europe
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > Political Parties
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity

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